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History[]

2020[]

On June 26, 2020, an update to Synthesizer V Studio for Eleanor Forte was announced on a Dreamtonics Co., Ltd. Livestream, [1] but there was no release date. On July 15, Eleanor Forte Lite was announced on Animen's ANiCUTE store. On July 30, the Lite voice database was released as a free download for Synthesizer V Studio. This Lite database may use the same source materials as the older Synthesizer V version.

On October 30, in response to a fan's tweet regarding Eleanor's update, VOLOR stated there would be a compromise of the schedule due to attempting to fully utilize the cutting edge technology for Synthesizer V.[2] VOLOR announced that Eleanor would be "coming out when she is ready" and that more information would be available by Dreamtonics in the October 30 broadcast.[3]

During production, xuu assisted in the development process, mainly with assisting and advising VOLOR in many different areas.[4]

2021[]

On May 11, 2021, VOLOR made a thread regarding Eleanor's update. They explained that her production for a Standard voice database could not progress as steadily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] Her voice provider would need to travel to Tokyo to proceed with recordings at Kanru Hua's studio which was stopped in September 2020.[6] During this period, things changed after the debut of Synthesizer V AI, which is a song-based recording and would give a chance to be done remotely, with the machine learning done alone by Dreamtonics.[7] However, the AI edition would make Eleanor's voice very different from her original tone of voice and sound that was based on Synthesizer V Standard. This concerned the company as they worried that users may not desire this change of voice, but still considered it as a step forward.[8] They confirmed that they would try to pursue the AI recording method and release Eleanor as soon as possible, but emphasized that it would make her voice change dramatically and asked users to express their thoughts if they were interested in this update.[9]

On June 12, information about Eleanor's production was further confirmed. Synthesizer V was revealed as a technical preview on August 19, 2018, and Eleanor became the software's face at the time, but after unfortunate circumstances, she was nearly stuck at the starting point despite receiving much support from fans and users.[10] VOLOR always hoped that Eleanor would receive a proper evolution as a supporter of Synthesizer V since its beginning and as such, announced that she would be receiving a Synthesizer V AI library developed by Dreamtonics to be released in later 2021.[11] This library would help bring more expression alongside her long-existing and beloved Synthesizer V Standard Lite library[12], which VOLOR confirmed they still hoped to fulfill the goal of creating a full Standard voice database, but it may take some time, even years.[13] It was noted that Eleanor's AI voice database needed much focus for her to be the best that she could be.[14]

On June 26, it was announced that pre-orders for Eleanor Forte AI would be open from July 3 to July 31.[15] She was also planned to have a bundle package, allowing users to purchase her with the Synthesizer V Studio editor.[16] This was confirmed to be released around Q4 of 2021.[17] Information about discounts for ANiCUTE members was also distributed to their emails, which detailed that users who previously purchased a Synthesizer V product from ANiCUTE could use their activation codes as their coupon.[18] When asked about a Lite version, it was confirmed that Eleanor AI would be receiving one, though the release date for it was not decided.[19] Around the closing of the pre-order period, VOLOR clarified that it would officially end on August 1 at 16:00 JST (July 31 at 00:00 PT).[20]

On August 19, VOLOR confirmed that Eleanor's AI voice database production was going very smoothly. They expected a demo to release within the next two months.[21] An announcement for early-bird pre-order members to be able to access the voice database exclusively would also be made at some point.[22] A survey regarding a physical copy for Eleanor Forte AI was also released.[23] After gathering responses from the survey, VOLOR planned to launch a smaller pre-order period which would allow existing buyers to add in a physical option, as well as allow new buyers of Eleanor Forte AI to purchase her if they hadn't already.[24]

On October 7, VOLOR revealed the design for Eleanor's AI physical box. The box would be limited to the pre-order campaign which would begin on October 9.[25] VOLOR noted that the physical package worked as an add-on to an existing digital order.[26] Emails from VOLOR were sent out announcing the pre-order period as well as confirmation that Eleanor's AI database was expecting completion by the end of October. VOLOR expected to distribute the database to first-round customers in November.[27]

On October 16, VOLOR announced that they were collaborating with AUDIOLOGIE Co., Ltd. in distributing Eleanor AI and ANRI as bundle packs. The options included: Eleanor + ANRI, Synthesizer V Studio Pro editor + Eleanor + ANRI, and ANRI's physical add-on to existing Eleanor orders.[28] Sometime in Autumn, Eleanor's physical box was updated.[29] Early bird pre-orders were expected to deliver on November 22.[30] The final release date for all customers would be announced later.[31]

On November 28, Eleanor's AI Lite voice database was released.[32] It was also announced that the full version would be released to all users on December 6.[33] On December 6, VOLOR announced that the last of the pre-order batch of Eleanor Forte AI had been sent out and the voice database was officially released.[34]

2022[]

On February 22, 2022, VOLOR sent out a newsletter regarding Eleanor Forte AI's physical package. They confirmed that they were unable to ship them within the December 2021 schedule and were still unable to do so due to further outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic, causing a requirement for additional applications to be submitted for cross-country packages and the average shipping price increasing about five times (or more in some areas). After ANRI's physicals were shipped in December last year, VOLOR was forced to suspend Eleanor's shipment and try to find a solution. Since the Chinese New Year holiday finished and the courier industry resumed work, VOLOR announced that they would provide an update of their resumed shipment plans around March or April 2022. VOLOR confirmed that they prepared an additional budget to cover any overruns.[35]

On July 21, Eleanor Forte was one of the AI voice databases to receive an update for HDVM compatibility (a feature introduced in Synthesizer V Studio Pro 1.7.0, also released the same day).[36] However, some users complained about unstable voice-quality results when re-rendering in 1.7.0 projects saved under earlier versions of the editor that made use of her voice database (after updating it to v105). On July 22, Dreamtonics explained that by default, the AI Retakes feature favors "rich timbre and expressions over smooth and stable vocalization", resulting in inconsistent behavior relative to previous versions;[37] as a workaround to stabilize the voice output, they offered these steps below:[38]

  • Empty the selection.
  • Open AI Retakes panel, go to Timbre tab.
  • Under Takes -> Global Settings, reduce Expressiveness.

Responding to requests from users, Dreamtonics made available for download that same day rolled-back versions of Eleanor Forte AI (as well as other affected AI voice databases) by logging in to their store download website.[39]

On August 17, a user showed a private message between them and VOLOR regarding Vocal Modes for Eleanor's AI voice database. VOLOR said that they completed their work around the end of July and sent the data to Dreamtonics, confirming that Eleanor would be receiving a Vocal Mode update in the future.[40]

Updates[]

Eleanor Forte AI v102 - December 16, 2021[41][42] 

A free update with bug fixes and improvements for Auto Pitch Tuning

Eleanor Forte AI v103 - December 23, 2021[43][44] 

A free update for Eleanor Forte AI was released following the Synthesizer V Studio 1.5.0 update. This enables her to support cross-lingual singing synthesis.

Eleanor Forte AI v105 - July 21, 2022[45] 

A free update for Eleanor Forte AI was released following the Synthesizer V Studio 1.7.0 update. This enables her to use the new High Dynamics Voice Models and AI Retakes features.

Voice Database Information[]

Demonstrations[]

Synthesizer V Studio Standard[]

There are currently no demonstrations of Eleanor Forte Standard for Synthesizer V Studio.

Synthesizer V AI[]

Demonstrations

Oasis - Short, Vocal Focus Version YouTube
Oasis - Short, Test Version YouTube
Love Letter - Short Version Twitter
Artpop - Short Version YouTube SoundCloud
A Simple Motion - Short Version YouTube
Artpop - Full version YouTube SoundCloud
A Simple Motion - Full Version YouTube
Light - Short Version YouTube SoundCloud
SQUARE - Short Version YouTube
Cure for Me YouTube
Heart Parcel YouTube
Square - Full version YouTube
Love Letter - Full version YouTube SoundCloud

Voice Databases[]

Product Information
Versions
  Lite Version Available?: Yes  Starter Pack Available?: No  Web Version Available?: No

Package details as noted:
The Standard voice database of Eleanor Forte was made to sound more similar and faithful to the original Synthesizer V voice. A Lite version that was based on the original voice database was created and released on July 30, 2020. The full version has yet to be released. Based on the tweets from VOLOR, it could be assumed that Eleanor Standard would be based on new recordings rather than be a complete straight port, as the company noted that her voice provider would need to travel to Tokyo to have recordings done.[46]

Software issues as noted:
  • The Lite version of the voice database, which was released in July 2020, was not based on new recordings and may use the same source material as Eleanor's original Synthesizer V voice. There may be some differences between the full and lite voice databases in this regard, aside from simply having fewer pitches and adjusted quality.

License agreements as noted:
  • Regarding the Lite version:
    • Eleanor Forte Lite may not be used commercially in any way
    • When using the Lite version of this voice database, "This work uses the Lite version" must be mentioned on any uploads.

Voice database sample

Product Information
Versions
  Lite Version Available?: Yes  Starter Pack Available?: Yes  Web Version Available?: No

Package details as noted:
The AI voice database for Eleanor Forte was created to have her sound more human-like, realistic, and expressive.

Vocal traits as noted:
  • Prior to confirming the production of Eleanor's AI voice database, VOLOR acknowledged that it could sound different in tone to her Standard voice.[47]
    • As Eleanor's final Synthesizer V voice database was edited to sound higher and cuter,[48] her AI voice database sounds closer to how she sounded when she debuted as ENG-F1 in 2017. She sounds more natural and more faithful to her voice provider.
    • Her AI voice database could be tuned to sound closer to her Standard version, but her overall default parameters are different.[49]
  • Dreamtonics noted the recording quality was excellent.[50]
  • Crusher, one of the demo producers for Eleanor AI, regarded the voice database to be of high quality.[51]
  • NEUTROGIC, another demo producer, noted Eleanor AI to be easy to use.[52]
  • As per the Synthesizer V Studio 1.7.0 update launched on July 21, 2022, through High Dynamics Voice Models (HDVM), AI voice databases may use AI Retakes to create multiple "takes" of a sung section with variations in pitch, dynamics, and timbre. This replicates the randomness of human vocalists, adds a more realistic feel, and allows users to find an ideal vocal without the need for "laborious tuning." This feature is only available in the Synthesizer V Studio Pro Editor.[53][54]
    • This does not apply to the Lite version.

Phonetic notes as noted:
  • To have Eleanor Forte AI sound similar to Standard, VOLOR suggested adjusting the following parameters:
    • Tension: -0.175
    • Gender: -0.250 (Studio Basic) OR -0.150 (Studio Pro)
    • Breathiness: +0.200
    • Tone Shift: +200 cents (Studio Pro only)
      • It was noted that while it might not be an exact match, VOLOR encourages users to experiment and find out what they like.
  • Phoneme format: Arpabet
  • On December 23, 2021, with the announcement of Synthesizer V Studio 1.5.0, all AI voice databases would be able to use cross-lingual singing synthesis. This allows Eleanor Forte AI to be able to sing in not only English but also in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese using this new feature, which is only available in the Synthesizer V Studio Pro Editor.[55]
    • This does not apply to the Lite version, thus restricting the voice database to English only.

License agreements as noted:
  • Regarding the Lite version:
    • Eleanor Forte AI Lite may not be used commercially in any way
    • When using the Lite version of this voice database, "This work uses the Lite version" must be mentioned on any uploads.

Voice database sample

References[]

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4KtdJ55rl4
  2. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1322055460661309443
  3. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1322055462456422400
  4. https://twitter.com/uchuuzentai/status/1462813808288837636
  5. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1392293296488153089
  6. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1392293297847037954
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  11. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1403668593284247562
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  13. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1403668596316774401
  14. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1405480398847578113
  15. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1408741837100109832
  16. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1408741838429720580
  17. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1408765644812652554
  18. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1411278625895182338
  19. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1409157058113376257
  20. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1421424725390102531
  21. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1428336673968910339
  22. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1428336675655012359
  23. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1428336677362167819
  24. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1428336679073419266
  25. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1446069610596356102
  26. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1446833883320782851
  27. https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/695380056155095054/896471256252178523/Screenshot_20211009-145502_Gmail.jpg
  28. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1449378951810334720
  29. https://vocaverse.network/threads/eleanor-forte-ai-announced-by-volor.6579/page-2#post-42053
  30. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1462778494417440773
  31. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1462778497705734145
  32. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1464957750329282561
  33. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1464957739122102275
  34. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1467754148188024833
  35. https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/695380056943493280/945714830923431957/unknown.png - Screenshot as of February 22, 2022
  36. https://twitter.com/dreamtonics_en/status/1550050403613835264
  37. https://twitter.com/dreamtonics_en/status/1550520904291012609
  38. https://twitter.com/dreamtonics_en/status/1550520905868009472
  39. https://twitter.com/dreamtonics_en/status/1550520907159851009
  40. https://twitter.com/castelankeys/status/1559909785419632641
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  43. https://dreamtonics.com/en/cross-lingual-support-for-synthesizer-v-ai/
  44. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1474554188470583296
  45. https://dreamtonics.com/en/synthesizer-v-studio-1-7-0-update-ai-retakes-feature/
  46. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1392293297847037954
  47. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1392293300447498240
  48. https://www.vocaloidnews.net/vnn-interview-kanru-hua-synthesizer-v/
  49. https://twitter.com/OfficialVolor/status/1457768918953578497
  50. https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/695380056155095054/896471256252178523/Screenshot_20211009-145502_Gmail.jpg
  51. https://twitter.com/CCrusherr/status/1456734612781101061
  52. https://twitter.com/NEUTROGIC/status/1457762022297374728
  53. https://twitter.com/dreamtonics_en/status/1550048543624564736
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